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Coronavirus Hits Blacks, Hispanics Harder, Early U.S. Data Show

Chronic health conditions and socio-economic factors are to blame, experts say


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Small Businesses Can Get Help from Coronavirus Stimulus

Paycheck Protection Program offers owners money to retain employees, stay afloat during pandemic

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Forest Whitaker's Journey As an Accomplished Actor

Oscar winner says he plays roles to learn more about humanity

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Black Women Had to Fight for Their Right to Vote

They were suffragists combating both racism and sexism long after the 19th Amendment was passed

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Black Inventor's Super Soaker Water Gun Turns 30

The NASA rocket scientist hopes to relaunch his super-popular water pistol this spring

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Social Security Helps African Americans Save for Retirement

New insights on finances for white and African American households

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Ancestry's Impact for Us All

'Finding Your Roots' host says there's 'never been a better time' to check out your family tree


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Civil Rights

Dana King's 'Guided By Justice' statue, dedicated to black women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott and collectively walked thousands of miles, stands inside The National Memorial For Peace And Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

11 Fascinating Stops Along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Visit the Southern sites where ordinary citizens fought injustice and made history

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6 Leaders Who Carry On the Legacy of 50 Years Ago

Even after the passage of sweeping federal laws, the dream of equality has been only partially achieved

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Places Where You Can Walk in MLK Jr.'s Footsteps

The civil rights leader traveled across the United States — and almost died in New York City

Video Spotlight

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Alfre Woodard Shares Calming Coronavirus Message

'What spreads faster than COVID-19? Love'

Brian Van Buren interviewed about Alzheimer's disease

Man Faces His Family’s History of Early Onset Alzheimer’s

African Americans have a higher risk of this disease

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Losing Weight After Age 50 is Tough. Here’s How to Do It

Follow these tips to make an impact on your diet


Janelle Monae Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer star in the film Hidden Figures

'Hidden Figures' Among Great Films About Black Experience

From Dr. Dre to unsung NASA geniuses, heroes of American history are immortalized in these films

Surrender of British army under commander Cornwallis to Washington and Rochambeau at Yorktown ending the Revolutionary War. Hand-colored engraving

'Black Patriots' Shows Fighters on Both Sides of Revolution

Slaves 'saw an opportunity for freedom, and they took it,' Executive Producer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says

American actress Hattie McDaniel (1895 - 1952) with her Academy Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement, circa 1945. McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in 'Gone With The Wind', making her the first African-American

'They've Gotta Have Us' Explores Blacks in Cinema

Hattie McDaniel of 'Gone With The Wind' opened doors as the first black actor to win an Oscar

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